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CARD-CARRYING MEDIUM: ­Jessica Lee gives group and individual readings at her Newport business, Jessica Lee Psychic Medium. 
PBN PHOTO/ DAVE HANSEN

Ex-Fla. psychic saw a future in Newport

Jessica Lee instantly fell in love the first time she visited Newport. A then-Florida resident, she was in town for three days and already...
WARRIOR SKINS: Dana Paul, left, CEO of Ritual Motion in Warwick, and Fred Tindall, director of production, show off the company’s new gloves to help competitive video game players prevent injuries from repetitive hand motions. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

For R.I. company, glove is a great fit for gamers

Dana Paul was watching a video game with his kids last year when he realized how crucial repetitive hand motions are to gaming. Knowing...
TEA IT UP: Amber Jackson with some of the products available through her business, Black Leaf Tea and Culture Shop. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A tea business infused with community

Amber Jackson moved to Providence from Chicago and was drawn to something she needed. Educated at Middle Tennessee State University and Alabama A&M University,...
UNCOMMON INVENTORY: Stefania Medeiros opened her gift shop, Ethereal Oddities, in June, selling items such as flower-infused soaps and resin-and-wire jewelry she created herself. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ethereal Oddities a store with a ‘witchy vibe’

Stefania Medeiros trades in incense, sage, crystals and metaphysical needs. But, when she talks about her new shop, she is a hard-driving, goal-focused businesswoman. Last...
UP CLOSE AND PERSONNEL: Alex Hughes, founder and president of Reigning Love Staffing Agency, says the agency is trying to meet the needs of the Woonsocket area. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Woonsocket-based staffing agency’s focus is hyperlocal

By the end of its third day in business in mid-October, more than 20 people had come into Reigning Love Staffing Agency to ask...
HOUND HOSPITALITY: Chris Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, which owns the Newport inn Paws on Pelham, greets Wally, a goldendoodle, in the lobby. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Newport bed and breakfast is all about dogs

An all-dog inn? Christopher Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, wasn’t the one who came up with the idea. But Paws on Pelham, a...
MAN OF NOTE: Joel Hanks, far right, a bassist in a Sublime cover band called Badfish, has launched Providence Music Group, a boutique management agency. The other members of Badfish are, from left, Scott Begin and Patrick Downes. / COURTESY CHAD MARTEL

Rock ’n’ rock band member launches R.I. boutique agency to manage...

Driving the breadth of the country to perform in rock ’n’ roll shows, booking venues for gigs, managing every aspect of a touring music...
GOOD OUTCOME: Roberta Powell developed the idea for a smartphone app, Q2Q Health, after a close call with a prescription medication. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Q2Q app can spot errors in medication dosages

Roberta Powell was undergoing breast cancer treatment in 2005 when she caught a dosage mistake for one of her medications at her pharmacy. Shaken,...
HE’S GAME: Chris Menta’s Richmond Farms Fresh Market offers the typical and not-so-typical staples, such as elk and buffalo meat. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

This market is a second option in rural Richmond

Where can you find packaged venison, fresh vegetables and imported Italian pastas, among other staples? In Richmond, a small town where, until recently, a...
KID GLOVES: Team Rockstar Sports co-owners Rose Molina, front left, and Luis Feliz, back left, work at their gym with Christian Perriera, front, and Brody Henrique. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Co-owners of Team Rockstar Sports are a good one-two combo

What happens when a mixed martial arts fighter and licensed social worker team up? You get Team Rockstar Sports LLC, a small Providence-based business venture...
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